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Grist & Toll for the Holidays

Grist & Toll for the Holidays

Grist: grain that is ground to make flour. Toll: origin, Old English, denoting a charge, tax, or duty. Paying a tribute, compensation. Grain is milled into flour. In bygone days, the miller was aloud a “toll” or percentage of the final product as payment for his work. Grist & Toll on Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena [...]

Winter Gardening

Winter Gardening

Learn how to grow fruits and vegetables organically in your home garden! You’ll be saving money at the grocery store while contributing to the healthy lifestyle of your family by reaping the nutritional benefits of eating fresh-grown produce. Vegetable gardens  enhance the appearance of any  yard and provide a fun activity for all ages. This class focuses [...]

Gingerbread Houses, Ornaments, Candlelight, Carols & Holiday Everything!

Gingerbread Houses, Ornaments, Candlelight, Carols & Holiday Everything!

Waking up this Monday morning with the temperatures hovering near freezing, it certainly feels like the winter holidays are upon us. So, bundle up and choose your pick, because activities highlighting the season abound… Have your kids create Christmas ornaments out of paper, peppermints, candy canes, and whatever else Vroman’s Hastings can gather on Saturday, [...]

Random Acts of Music

Random Acts of Music

We don’t know about you, but when we’re enjoying our coffee, say at Jones Coffee Roasters on Raymond, and our morning blah blah blah is supplanted by the sounds of a string quartet, the joy of living in Pasadena simply multiplies. (Listen here.) Pasadena Public Library is hosting 2 Random Acts of Music performances by [...]

Chocolate-Tahini Timbales

Chocolate-Tahini Timbales

Thank you to Joseph Shuldiner of the Institute of Domestic Technology and author of Pure Vegan: 70 Recipes for Beautiful Meals and Clean Living for sharing his recipe with us. Makes 2 dozen Überchef Thomas Keller, who popularized these little chocolate morsels, calls them “Bouchons,” which is French for “corks.” This variation involves using a velvety [...]

Winter Wonderland Lego Camp

Winter Wonderland Lego Camp

What would your child create with access to over 100,000 legos? Play-Well TEKnologies is presiding over a Winter Wonderland Lego Camp beginning Monday, December 30th and continuing through January 3rd. Apply engineering, architecture, and creativity to…build motorized contraptions like snowmobiles, gondolas, and more. Morning hours are reserved for 5- to 6-year-olds, while the 1-4 p.m. [...]

Toy Drive At CoolHaus & Dog Haus

Toy Drive At CoolHaus & Dog Haus

Bring an unwrapped toy or game valued at $20 or more to CoolHaus on December 18th. Guests will be treated with CoolHaus mini ice cream sandwiches and milkshakes, as well as hot chocolate. Pasadena Magazine says, “We’ll bring the bubbly.” This holiday’s toy drive benefits the Pasadena Child Development Associates. PCDA is “a non-profit that focuses [...]

Pure Vegan

Pure Vegan

“Pure Vegan seems to have developed a following with the vegetable-curious, eaters interested in integrating more plants into their diet without going cold-turkey (sorry for the meat pun). If the book can inspire existing vegans as well as vegan-curious, I’ve done my job.” So says Joseph Shuldiner, author of Pure Vegan:  70 Recipes for Beautiful [...]

Torshi for You

Torshi for You

“Torshi,” Gilda Moshir says,” is a Persian word and it means ‘something sour, tart, and pickled.’” Moshir will be selling her handmade torshi at this Saturday’s holiday boutique at the South Pasadena Women’s Club. “My torshi’s are produced in small batches at the Chef’s Center—a commercial kitchen in Pasadena. I don’t use any preservatives in [...]

Gift: A Poem

Gift: A Poem

The woman crocheted a red scarf, so vibrant, and her garden zinnias didn’t bloom with the season. When she finished, she gave it to her husband, whispering, “On the coldest days you will be wrapped in the most loving embrace.” Apparently he believed her when, one day, he never came home. Now that she’s alone, [...]

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